Frequently Asked Questions
What is a vehicle wrap?
A vehicle wrap is the application of a high performance, large-format, digitally printed vinyl that adheres to your vehicle’s painted surface. What this means is that you can put virtually any photo or design that you would like on the side of your vehicle.
Is the vinyl wrap print protected?
Yes, absolutely. We laminate each print. This provides durability from scratches, as well as UV protection from the sun’s rays.
How is a vehicle wrap different than paint?
Paint is permanent. Vehicle Wraps actually protect your cars painted surface, and can be removed when it comes time to trade-in, or sell your car. In addition to being wrap installation professionals, we are also capable of striping your vehicle, should the need arise.
Will a vehicle wrap harm my vehicles surface?
A vehicle wrap also helps protect your paint from the harmful effects of mother nature. In addition to UV protection, the vehicle wrap will help stop chips, scratches, acid-rain and more, and since the vehicle wrap is not permanent, your paint will look just as pristine as it did the day you dropped your car off to be wrapped. The benefits are two-fold, your will be adding resale value to your vehicle, all while promoting your business.
How should I care for my vehicle wrap?
Mild soap and water will do fine. We do recommend that the vehicle is washed regularly, as road grime can cause vehicle wrap fatigue and negate the vinyl manufacturer’s warranty.
What if I do not have a design in mind?
This is something we come across on a regular basis. Not only are we wrap installers, but we are graphic design professionals. We actually recommend having our team design your wrap, as we are familiar with your vehicles intricacies that a regular graphic designer may not be aware of, such as body molding placement, gas tank door location and more..
How do you handle wrapping windows?
Each case is specific to the design of the car, and the wishes of the client. We always wrap the back windows with a perforated vinyl that is 50% holes, and 50% vinyl. This offers you the ability to see out the back window, while adding privacy from people trying to look in. The side windows are typically wrapped with the same perforated vinyl, but may also be wrapped in the typical vehicle wrap vinyl to suit the needs of the client.
What size vehicles can you wrap?
The answer to that is simple, we can wrap any vehicle. We are wrap professionals, we can wrap something as small as a cell phone, sub-compact and motorcycle, all the way up to a bus, plane, train or monster truck or building. That is the beauty of wraps, the sky is the limit.
How cost effective are vehicle wraps?
Studies conducted state that in a city of 50,000, a business with a vehicle wrap will get approximately 8.3 million impressions. Since an average vehicle wrap costs $2000, that is a significantly large impression to low cost ratio.
How long will the vehicle wrap last?
APG uses the highest grade wrapping films and protective laminates in the industry,with a manufacturer’s warranty of up to 5 years under normal weather conditions. That being said, as long as you keep up with washing your wrap (just as you should your vehicles painted surface), the wrap should last a minimum of 7 years. This includes cracks, peels and fading.
What are the artwork requirements if I have a designer of my choice create the wrap?
While APG recommends having our highly skilled design team create the artwork for your wrap, we have also worked with designers in the past to produce vehicle wraps that demand attention. We are familiar with a vehicles intricacies (such as gas tank door, molding placement and more) and design our wraps accordingly.
Here are is a list of files that we are able to accept
• .eps – most vector data is acceptable, provided all artwork is converted to curves (Corel), or outlines (Illustrator). Illustrator artwork must be saved backwards to Illustrator CS
• .tif, .psd, .jpg – these bitmap/raster files must be a the exact dimensions of the vehicle and cannot have a resolution lower than 150 dpi. We prefer to have a layered .psd file with the text layers rasterized.
Can I take my wrapped car through a car wash?
You can take your wrapped car through a car wash, we recommend this, as your vehicle needs to stay clean so that road grime and debris does not contaminate the vehicle wrap. We do not however suggest using a pressure washer, as this could possibly lift the edges on a vehicle wrap and present areas of failure later on down the road.
What if my logo, or contact information changes in the future?
Since all of your artwork is saved on our computers, we are easily able to make a patch to your existing vehicle wrap. This happens on a regular basis as well, and the process is typically very easy to remedy.
What if I get a dent, ding, or scrape, can it be fixed?
Depending on the amount of damage your vehicle endures depends on the ability of our wrap professionals to fix the surface. Typically most dents and dings can be fixed with minimal amounts of work. Since we save all of your files on our computers, we are able to print and produce patchwork of any size.
Is metal the only thing that is wrappable? What about my bumper and fiberglass hood?
APG can wrap just about anything, so no need to worry about various materials not being able to accept our wrap material. As stated above, we are able to wrap anything from a cell phone, sub-compact, or motorcycle, to a plane, or building.. Most wraps include the bumpers, and sometimes the roofs of vehicles, depending on the vehicles standing height.
Will the wrap peel or fade?
Since we laminate each of our prints, your wrap, and vehicles paint is protected from the damaging effect of UV rays. The vinyl manufacturer recommends a 5 year warranty on all of our vehicle wraps, and we proudly stand behind these warranties.